Leon County Tourism Launches Annual “Summer Backyard Bucket List” Challenge

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Today, Leon County Government, in partnership with Tallahassee Foodies and the Capital City Chamber of Commerce, launched its annual, community-focused program, the “Summer Backyard Bucket List” challenge.

The “Summer Backyard Bucket List” challenge was created to support local businesses and encourage residents to explore their local community. The campaign will run from May to July, and each month, will feature a new “bucket list” of local businesses to explore including attractions, restaurants, breweries, shops and museums at VisitTallahassee.com/BackyardBucketList.

“Leon County is committed to the continued support of local businesses,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor. “Whether exploring historic sites and trails, attending an event across town, or dining at a favorite restaurant, the Summer Backyard Bucket List encourages residents to experience all that Leon County has to offer while supporting area businesses.”

Local residents who visit featured businesses and post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #TallyBucketListSweepstakes will be entered for a chance to win monthly prizes and a grand prize staycation for two. Each post earns participants one entry to the contest. A non-social media option for entry is also available at participating locations by scanning the unique QR code on-site.

“The Summer Backyard Bucket List helps connect our residents to our local tourism partners, including restaurants, attractions and small businesses in Leon County,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “The summer promotion offers residents the opportunity to rediscover what they love about our community or find new treasures, while supporting local businesses.”

Monthly winners will be chosen to receive gift card prizes from local partners including restaurants, attractions and more. The first week of August, one grand prize winner will be awarded a two-night Tallahassee/Leon County staycation to include hotel accommodations, meals and activities.

“We are excited to build on the success of the 2021 Summer Backyard Bucket List campaign,” said Kerri L. Post, Director of Leon County Tourism. “With 25% of visitors visiting friends and family, our goal is to empower locals to experience their own backyard and become ambassadors for Tallahassee.”

There is no cost to participate in the program, although some locations may have an entry fee. Current May featured partners include:

  • Tallahassee Museum
  • Essence of India
  • Pineappetit 
  • Goodwood Museum
  • Canopy Road Antiques
  • Jeri’s Midtown Cafe
  • TC Bakery
  • Square Mug Cafe
  • JR Alford Greenway
  • Toy Nation
  • Mission San Luis
  • Barb’s Gourmet Brittle
  • Dave’s Pizza Garage
  • Southern Pines
  • Hearth and Soul
  • Tallahassee/Leon County Visitor Info Center at Cascades Park
  • Lofty Pursuits
  • Charlie Park
  • Capital City Country Club
  • Table 23
  • Flippin Great Pinball
  • COCA Public Art Walk Gaines Street

The Summer Backyard Bucket List is ongoing and there are additional opportunities for local businesses and organizations to be featured in June or July. For more information about adding your local business to our list of participating partners, join the Visit Tallahassee Partners Facebook group here.

To learn more and view official sweepstakes rules, a list of local partners and prizes, go to www.VisitTallahassee.com/BackyardBucketList.


About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee: The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County. Tourism is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. In 2021, Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 1.7 million visitors who contributed $883 million in economic impact who supported for more than 12,868 people employed in the tourism & hospitality industry our community. For more information, go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2866. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using #iHeartTally and  #Trailahassee